REPS LIEU, DAVIS, KUSTER, GLENN THOMPSON AND MIKE THOMPSON REINTRODUCE THE BEAR PROTECTION ACT
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu, Congressman Rodney Davis, Congressman Glenn Thompson, Congressman Mike Thompson and Congresswoman Ann Kuster reintroduced the Bear Protection Act. The bill seeks to prohibit the import, export, possession, transport and sale of bear organs. Allowing commercial poaching for bear organs puts the animals at risk for inhumane treatment. The reintroduction of the bill comes months after China’s Ministry of Health announced that it considered bear bile an effective palliative treatment for COVID-19.
“As a proud member of the Animal Protection Caucus, I’m pleased to join my colleagues in reintroducing this critical legislation that will proactively protect bears from being poached for their internal organs. Poaching has been driving the world’s bear populations toward extinction and now is the time to take action. Currently, 40 states, including California, have laws to address the trade of bear organs, signaling the growing consensus that this must be addressed on the federal level. Through this bipartisan effort, we have a real opportunity to protect these majestic animals from this cruel and inhumane practice.”
The Bear Protection Act is supported by a wide range of organizations, including Animal Wellness Action and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).